2014 Junior Saltire Award


Calling Scotland’s new marine energy experts

Now is the time to enter the 2014 Junior Saltire Award – register your school by Friday 20 December 2013

 The search is on to find the pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and winners the 2014 Junior Saltire Awards.  The competition is managed for the fourth successive year by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), in partnership with SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

The Junior Saltire Prize is open to all schools in Scotland, with three age categories: P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6. Pupils will work in teams of up to four and schools can enter more than one team if they wish.

This year teams will develop a blue print and then design, build and test a simple ‘Hydrokinetic Generator to demonstrate their idea of a tidal energy device in Scottish waters. Shortlisted schools will be invited to test their models at the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 June 2014.

Awards will be presented at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Thursday 5 June 2014, with school prizes of up to £750 and medals up for grabs.


  • Friday 20 December 2013 – register team entries on SDS website
  • 28 February 2014 – submit design blueprints – the first 50 teams to submit design blueprints will receive a grant of £50 towards the cost of materials (one grant per school)
  • Wednesday 4 June 2014 – short-listed teams invited to showcase design at the FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. For more information on this facility, please go to: http://www.flowavett.co.uk/the-facility
  • Thursday 5 June 2014 – final judging and award ceremony at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, said:  “Scotland leads the world in renewable energy, and we have tremendous potential, both in our natural resources, and in our talented and inspired young people. Many of these young people will one day find themselves working in exciting new job opportunities in the marine renewables industry. The Junior Saltire Award celebrates that talent, and I’d encourage teams from all over Scotland to apply.”

Rob Orr, Strategic Relations Manager, Energy of SDS said:  “This is an exciting time for marine renewables which offers good career prospects in a growing sector with a good positive image.  As the demand for renewable energy grows and new technologies emerge we need to encourage more young people to consider this option as they move through the education sector. The Junior Saltire Award helps to develop an awareness of marine renewables and encourages our young people to explore careers and investigate the skills that are required to work in this industry.”

Ross Martin, CEO SCDI, added:  “The Junior Saltire Award recognises the ingenuity of the young inquiring mind. It encourages groups of pupils of different ages to tackle key issues of our time, marine renewable energy and climate change, through their individual innovation and collective application. I wholeheartedly support this initiative as a way in which to celebrate the positive role that young people can play in developing a future Scotland through their interest in engineering and science.”

Tom Davey of FloWave, said   ‘We are delighted to invite finalists to test their devices at Edinburgh University’s new FloWave test tank. This brand new state-of-the–art facility offers a unique marine device test facility to allow testing in any combination of current and wave environments.”

Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize


Fiona Riddell, SDS Corporate Communications

Telephone: 0300 013 4392 ~ Mobile: 07887 635389

Email: fiona.riddell@sds.co.uk


The Golden Tapestry

An arts project linking schools across the Commonwealth

The Millennium Tapestry Company, which is a not-for-profit organization that runs arts projects for schools in Britain and overseas. Were set up in 1998 to organize the Millennium Tapestry for schools around Britain. One school in East Lothian, Longniddry Primary School took part in the second project, the Golden Tapestry created for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, which involved 800 schools in 48 Commonwealth countries and territories including 25 from Scotland. As you can see from the attached photograph, the work from Longniddry was wonderful. Since then we have run further projects including the Thames Heritage Tapestry, which was part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Cultural Festival and was awarded the Inspire Mark.

 We have been invited to bring a small display of the Golden Tapestry to the Scottish Learning Festival in September this year at the SECC with the intention to inspire teachers in Scottish schools to take part in a brand-new tapestry to welcome the world to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of their cultural festival. We understand that Glasgow 2014 will work to have the tapestry as a permanent display in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh after the Games.

We are looking for perhaps 96 schools in Scotland to create work to add to the work from a similar number of canvases created around the Commonwealth for the Golden Tapestry. For this we have the backing in principle of both Glasgow 2014 and Education Scotland. We should very much like schools from East Lothian to take part and to give the opportunity to a new generation of pupils.  

Please use this link  http://www.goldentapestry.com/millenniumtapestry.html

Please contact Lizzie Owen  if you would like your school to be involved in this project.

Lizzie Owen
Chief Executive
The Millennium Tapestry Company (Company Limited by Guarantee 3594006)
Building 68 Heyford Park, Camp Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 5HD
01869 233165 and 07887 691674





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GoMotorsport is a branch of the Motor Sports Association, the governing body of motorsports in the UK.  Scotland’s Regional Development Officer, Alison Clark, is now taking bookings for school visits for the 2013-14 term.

The presentation is aimed at P4 upwards, and includes:

  • An introduction to motorsport
  • Scotland’s successes
  • What disciplines children age 8+ can participate in
  • The differences between a rally car and family car
  • Construction and design: the effect of weight on performance
  • Safety
  • The opportunity to sit in and examine a rally car

 This will last for at least an hour.

If your school is planning to include Transport or Cars as a topic next year, this is a perfect tie-in.  This is a free service.  Alison will also provide the pupils with a token goodie-bag.

Alison Clark can be contacted on scotland@gomotorsport.net, or telephone 01576 202953 (h) and 07950 914433



The World Education Games 2013


The World Education Games are taking place on the 5-7th March 2013 and we anticipate over 5.5 million pupils participating from around the globe and this year .  Pupils will even be attempting to become triple World Record Breakers too!  Enter World Education Games 2013!

 It is open to both primary & secondary schools and, as you may know, East Lothian pupils have competed extremely well in the past. 

 The Games incorporate, World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day so there is something for everyone.

Technology Workshops with ComputerXplorers

ComputerXplorers is all about having fun with technology.  As part of our schools programme we offer a wide range of technology related workshops in everything from video games design and programming to 3D animation and lego robotics.

ComputerXplorers’ programmes help you to meet the Curriculum for Excellence standards not only in ICT but also in science, engineering, language and literacy.  We do this by providing structured lessons using leading educational technology programs to develop skills, knowledge and critical thinking.

Examples of some of the Workshops on offer:

Video Game Design and Coding

Students will learn how to program their own Video Game using Scratch. Scratch was designed to engage the imagination – encouraging children to imagine new types of stories and games and new ways of using computers.  Students learn to code and program and to select, create and manage multiple forms of media, including text, images, animation and audio recordings.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Technology: programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model
  • Multimedia; working with digital artifacts; pictures; text, video and sound

Robotics and Engineering with LEGO WeDO

Using the latest Lego robotics technology to build and program amazing creatures that can move using motors, gears and wheels.  Students will learn how to program sensors to make the robot react to its surroundings.  Program robot birds to chirp, crocodiles to snap and plane engines to rev! The workshop is great fun and ideal for nurturing skills in technology, maths and engineering.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Science: Working with simple machines, gears, levers, pulleys; transmission of motion
  • Technology: Programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model

For further information on our Schools Programme please see our website at www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk or email Lynne at info@sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk


Family Activity Day – Saturday 18th August, 12.30-3.30pm, Prestongrange Museum

Looking for a fun day for the whole family? Saturday 18th August is Family Activity Day at Prestongrange Museum between 12.30pm-3.30pm

We’ll have the following activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering (£1 per map)
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Archery
  • Meet the Ranger Service
  • Search for Lennox the Lion
  • Beam Engine Tours
  • 1960s exhibition
  • outdoor games
  • henna painting (from £3 upwards)

Entry is FREE and most activities are FREE! See those above with £ that have associated costs.

So bring a picnic, bring your families and see you there! Download the poster below:

Family activity poster

Museum Events over the next month Seaside Shenanigans…

Museum Events over the next month
Seaside Shenanigans!
Sunday, 17 June | Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, John Muir’s
Birthplace | 1pm–4pm | Families | Children under 8 must be accompanied
by an adult | Suggested donation £1 per person | Drop-in event
As part of Dunbar’s Civic Week, come for an afternoon of seaside fun in Dunbar’s museums. Craft activities, games and stories can be enjoyed by families at John Muir’s Birthplace and Dunbar Town House Museum
and Gallery. With a special guest appearance from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Seaside Shenanigans_poster

Battle of Prestonpans Family Day
Sunday, 1 July | Prestongrange Museum |
12pm–4pm | Everybody | Children under 8
must be accompanied by an adult | Suggested
donation £1 per person | Drop-in event
Step back in time to 1745 to join the Jacobite camp as it prepares for the Battle of
Prestonpans. Hear the stories, watch the soldiers practise with their weapons and fi nd out how
they lived with the Alan Breck Regiment. Watch out for a few skirmishes as government troops
invade the camp!
Battle of Prestonpans Family Day Poster

You can also check out our programme of workshops in ELC’s Summer Activities Brochure. Book your place by completing the booking form at the back of the booklet and submitting it to the address on the form. http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/downloads/file/1896/summer_activities_2012

Seaside Shenanigans_poster

Dunbar SciFest is back!

The Parent Council of Dunbar Primary School is organising an amazing weekend-long science festival for families in Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Borders and beyond.

We are building upon the phenomenal success of last year’s first event, where an extraordinary mix of 20 activities attracted over 2,000 visitors during the Sunday afternoon.

This year’s extended programme is fantastic, with 40 event providers delivering an incredible range of science shows, workshops, drop-in sessions, demonstrations and talks.

There are events to suit teenagers and even storytelling for the wee ones. Some of the shows are presented in British Sign Language and all the shows will be BSL/English interpreted.

Dunbar SciFest will take place over the weekend of Saturday, 10th March (10am – 5pm) and Sunday 11th March 2011 (12-5pm) in the John Muir Campus of Dunbar Primary School.

See our website, www.dunbarscifest.org.uk, for the packed programme, directions and travel information. The admission charge is £3 per adult and £2 per child, with Family Tickets (up to 5 kids) for £10 and a weekend Family Ticket for just £15.